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Turning down the volume on trains in Lakeland

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LAKELAND (FOX 13) -

If you ever been in downtown Lakeland when a train chugs through, you know, it's not pretty.

Lorrie Walker can hear the booming rattle in her office.

"Invariably, I will be on an important phone call, and I can hear the train noise, and I do have to pause for a second and apologize because they hear it as well on the other side of the phone," Walker said. Walker owns Lorrie Walker Communications.

Noise from the trains has been an ongoing issue in Lakeland. But there is good news. The City of Lakeland and the Florida Department of Transportation are giving a thumbs up to so-called "quiet zones."

In a quiet zone, a train wouldn't blow its horn to give drivers a heads up. Instead, there would be a mechanism with four arms long enough to cross. Drivers wouldn't be able to scoot around them, so trains wouldn't have to blow their horns as much.

That would come as a welcome relief to people who work and live downtown. CSX is expected to jump on board as well. It has been working with the other two groups.

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